My Metal Work

My Metal Work

As I have mentioned in the blog, I love making things, primarily with metal.  All sorts from a Copper Candelabra, to some lovely fine jewellery. Generally, I haven’t sold it, I have enjoyed giving it away, but to achieve one of my goals of increasing my income in retirement, I have recently started a new Folky shop, CrackingGems

Scroll down to see lots of pictures of my creations, and if there’s anything you like, and would like something similar, feel free to contact me. I would be delighted to talk about my  passion.

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Added 19th April 2017

Cracking Retirement - Silver Piece

Cracking Retirement - Copper Pendant

 

Added 21st March 2017

This pendant is made from a piece of Leopardskin Jasper, hand cut and polished, and then set in silver. It is about 1 inch by 1.5 inches

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Added 10th February 2017

Having been away the whole of January, my production had stopped. However, now I am back, and my workshop has been set up again, I am back to work.

I finished this on Monday. A small copper bowl, about 4in / 10cm diameter.

If I had continued hammering it, the sides would have gone completely straight, but I like the random effect, so I stopped at this stage. Picking up on my 2017 – Dream Big post, this might be one for eBay, to start trying to get an income from my hobby….

 

Added 29th November 2016

And I finally finished this yesterday. Made entirely from copper, with a delightful wee copper LED light string. It stands about 15in high. As we are going to go away on a trip just after Christmas this year, I think this will be my Christmas tree!!

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Note to self for 2017 – work on my photography – these photographs really don’t do the work justice. I will be showing this at a forthcoming gallery show, so I hope I get lots of good feedback.

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The 4 wee copper dishes at the base, have been made from flat sheet, and then shaped – a lot of hammering (very satisfying!). I’m pleased with the results.screenhunter_03-nov-29-19-05

some of the leaf detail. They are braided on using recycled copper from electrical wire.

 

 

Added 15th November 2016

I am rather proud of this one. It stands 4ft high. It is mainly made out of scrap copper, and I made it specifically for my son’s wedding. He was getting married in a ‘medieval cavern’ in Edinburgh, mainly lit by candles (You can see it on the right of the table )

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and a few of the closer detail. The leaves, ‘flowers’ and candle holders have all been handmade….

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Added 12th November 2016

Over the last few days, I have been trying to cast pewter. When cast, I am unable to do much work on pewter as it becomes brittle, so to make it easier, I used a silver bracelet I had made some time ago as a model, rather than a twig that would later need bending and shaping.

The photograph doesn’t really highlight the difference in colour, the pewter bangle is marginally duller, but the raw material is about one-tenth that of silver. So I will make a few pieces for a forthcoming sale, and see if it attracts any interest. I don’t know of anyone else in the area doing casting in either silver or pewter.

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In the picture above, the silver one is to the right. In the picture below, the silver one is the top one. The silver one will be getting hallmarked!

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Added 31st October 2016

This one is one of my favourites. I did it to take part in a challenge on the theme Winter.  It is called ‘The Thaw‘. The outside hoop is textured silver, the central ‘icicle’ is a cast silver twig, the blue piece to the right represents a lake with ice floating on it, created using enamel, and finally the clouds to the left are made with fine silver, and a ‘snowflake’ created from a bit of melted silver being ‘splashed’ onto a cold metal surface.

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I love Silver Sand Casting – this involves making a mould in sand, then pouring melted silver into the mould. Here are a few examples. I love using nature as an inspiration, so many of my examples are originally based on twigs, all of which have come from my garden. So no-one will ever get the same thing!

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This one came about because I started making a ring with the twig, then decided it was far too chunky as a ring, so I decided it would make a nicer pendant, so I added a ‘leaf’ to change the look. My friend Liz has this one.

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This one evolved from 2 partial castings of twigs. It reminded me of when I was a child and fighting with my brother, on who should get to break the wishbone! My friend Helen has this one.

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This is just to give you and idea of what the ‘silver scrap’ looks like, used to form a twig. The twig is then rolled to make it thinner, and finished with sandpaper to give it an interesting texture, and made into a ring.

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This one was made from a long twig out of my garden, cast in silver, then shaped into a bangle. Quite a laborious process. Different twigs, but Nina in Norway, and Grace in Scotland have a version of this.

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This one is my older son’s kilt pin. This was one of my first ever creations, and though I say it myself, one of the best!! To start with the twig was interesting as it had a soft outer layer, which broke up a bit in the cast, then it also had some ‘feathering’ which only added to the intrigue.